Greer's OC: Sample drinks for a cause

February 02, 2011|By Greer Wylder

Join Second Chance Pet Adoptions of Huntington Beach for a wine and beer tasting fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Brix Wine Bar in Sunset Beach. The party includes wine and beer tastings, plus snacks. A tax-deductible donation costs $35 per person, or $60 per couple.

Proceeds will benefit abandoned animals at Second Chance, a 100% no-kill rescue shelter. Its cats and kittens are available at Petco and PetSmart in Huntington Beach. Brix Wine Bar is at 16635 Pacific Coast Hwy., Sunset Beach. For more information, call (714) 989-6964, e-mail or visit


Special Super Bowl Menu

If redefining Super Bowl Sunday without football speaks to you, then head over to Rustica California Wine Bistro at Fashion Island, where Executive Chef Renieri Caceres is creating a three-course tasting menu Sunday with complimentary mimosa with fresh-squeezed orange juice or housemade Bloody Mary for $23 per guest (prices exclude tax and gratuity).


The Fashion Island bistro will offer the special from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., giving you the option to come early and still enjoy the game. In addition, the restaurant is presenting champagne and wine specials by the glass priced at $6 to $10.

As with all items at Rustica, the menu focuses on contemporary regional cuisine, such as wild mushroom truffle flatbread and honey-lavender homemade frozen yogurt created with a commitment to quality, handcrafted ingredients and products. Chef Caceres showcases fresh, seasonal produce and farm-raised meats.

The Super Bowl Sunday tasting menu starts with a mimosa, fresh-squeezed orange juice or Bloody Mary. Then enjoy a tasting of ahi tuna tartare with cucumbers, toasted hazelnuts and lemon oil; wild mushroom truffle flatbread with wild mushrooms, urbani truffle butter, spinach ricotta spread and pecorino; or vegetarian squash soup with acorn, butternut and kabocha squash and candied pecans.

Next it's your choice of golden beets salad with goat cheese, wild arugula, polenta nuggets and aged balsamic reduction; or grilled free-range chicken breast sandwich with olive tapenade spread, roasted piquillo peppers, wild arugula and fontina cheese; or chopped hanger steak cobb, buttermilk bleu cheese, bacon and farm fresh egg.

For dessert, choose from homemade honey lavender frozen yogurt or orange cheesecake lollipops coated with milk chocolate. (Sorry, no substitutions or split plates.)

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